Sheila Young Ochowicz


Inducted May 18, 1991

Sheila was born October 14, 1950.  She was a National Long Track Champion as a senior in 1970 and 1971 and won the title of World Sprint Champion in 1973, 1975 and 1976. She was the first American athlete to win three medals at one winter olympics. This happened in 1976 in Innsbruck, where she won the gold medal in the 500m, silver in the 1500m, and bronze in the 1000m. Sheila was the only athlete to win World Championships in two sports in the same year as she was named the World Track Cycling Sprint Champion in 1973, 1976 and 1981.

She was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 18, 1991 in Southgate, Michigan. Sheila is married to Jim Ochowicz, of cycling fame. Their daughter Elli Ochowicz represented the US in speedskating in 3 Olympics.





A top track cyclist and speed skater at the same time, in 1973 Sheila Young performed the astounding feat of winning World Championships in both sports in the same year. She won the sprint worlds on the ice, the first of three titles (1973, 1975-76), while her sprint title on the velodrome was also the first of three, the others coming in 1976 and 1981. In 1976, Sheila Young won three Olympic speedskating medals at the 1976 Winter Olympics, including a gold medal in the 500 m. She later married cyclist and future directeur sportif Jim Ochowicz. Their daughter Elli later also became a speed skater. Her sister-in-law, Connie Paraskevin-Young, was also a World Champion in the sprint, as well as a top international speed skater.